Skip to comments.Colbeck ( MI ) offers patient-centered solution in place of Medicaid Expansion
Posted on 07/17/2013 4:08:32 PM PDT by taildragger
Today Sen. Patrick Colbeck, R-Canton, introduced the first of two bills to enact a patient-centered healthcare plan to provide a free market alternative that expands access to quality care without expanding government.
SB 459 provides the regulatory infrastructure that would enable a low cost, high quality care, free market environment within the confines of the Affordable Care Act (ACA). The second bill, which will be introduced shortly, would convert current Medicaid enrollees to low cost, high quality Qualified Health Plans featuring Direct Primary Care Services and High Deductible Health Plans wrapped within a Health Savings Account. The net impact of both of these bills will be to lower healthcare costs for everyone in our state while promoting better quality of care.
Colbeck will discuss the legislation with the Senate workgroup on Medicaid expansion on Thursday, July 18. Colbecks patient-centered solution would be enacted in place of expanding government provided healthcare.
We need to stop talking about expanding a government program that doesnt work and start talking about ways to expand affordable care to all of our citizens, Colbeck said. The plan that Im putting forth would allow us to capitalize on our free market system and provide better quality, less expensive healthcare to Michigans residents while boosting our economy.
We can use this as an opportunity to put in place a free market based system that will not only accomplish the stated objectives of Obamacare but will also establish Michigan as a destination state for employers seeking quality, affordable healthcare for their employees. If we can provide quality services at a greatly reduced cost, we can draw patients from other states and countries that are looking for better access to quality care while creating new healthcare jobs in Michigan. Wouldnt it be nice to be expanding our medical centers in Detroit due to out of town visitors at a faster rate than we are expanding our casinos? Colbeck concluded.
Every night I pray for conservatives to produce and support new solutions just as I pray for democrats to accept the new way.
"For Immediate Release July 31, 2013
Colbeck patient-centered solution legislation moved out of committee
Free market alternative to Medicaid expansion moves to the full Senate
LANSING, Mich. The Senate Government Operations Committee today voted to send legislation that would create a free market alternative to Medicaid expansion to the full Senate for consideration by the Chamber. Senate Bills 459 and 460, introduced by Sen. Patrick Colbeck (R-Canton) and known as the Patient-Centered Care Act, would enact a patient-centered healthcare plan that expands access to quality care without expanding government.
SB 459 provides the regulatory infrastructure that would enable a low cost, high quality care, free market environment within the confines of the Affordable Care Act (ACA). SB 460 would convert current Medicaid enrollees to low cost, high quality Qualified Health Plans featuring Direct Primary Care Services and High Deductible Health Plans wrapped within a Health Savings Account. The net impact of both of these bills will be to lower healthcare costs for everyone in the state while promoting better quality of care.
Testifying alongside Senator Colbeck in support of the legislation were Avik Roy, Senior Fellow, Manhattan Institute for Policy Research, Tom Valenti, President and COO of BlueSky Health and Kenneth A. Fisher, M.D., Docs4PatientCare, MI Chapter President.
Roy pointed out that Medicaid already consumes 45% of spending in Michigan. As Medicaid continues to expand, it will drive up that percentage of the state budget and crowd out funding for all other priorities, including education.
Senator Colbecks plan would improve Medicaid patients access to physicians, improve their health, provide protection from economic catastrophe while helping to control inflated health care costs, and save the state significant resources, said Fisher.
Myself and BlueSky Health support Senator Colbecks efforts and Senate bills 459 and 460. This offers a true reform for the citizens of Michigan, said Valenti.
The Patient-Centered Care Act would:
Make quality of patient care for all citizens the first priority
Expand access to quality care without expanding government assistance
Convert existing Medicaid population to commercial insurance featuring Direct Primary Care Services plus High-Deductible Health Plans within a Health Savings Account
Return healthcare decision-making to doctors and patients
Return insurance to risk management not benefit management
Limit government role to determination of government assistance eligibility
Protect patient health information from government
Make it more affordable for employers to purchase healthcare for their employees
Mitigate the reduction in employees hours due to the ramifications of the ACA
Use our free market healthcare system to accelerate the growth of our economy
The Patient-Centered Care Act provides us with an opportunity to reinvent Michigan and create a healthcare system that is a model for the rest of the nation. We need to go beyond simply keeping up with the other states falling in line to implement Obamacare without significant innovation. We can create a healthcare system in Michigan that goes beyond taking care of segments of our society to easing the burdens of everyone in our society. Creating a healthcare system that helps all of Michigans residents is truly Pure Michigan. Colbeck concluded.
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Dr. Merlin Brown’s statement:
The current insurance system is making it impossible to provide good medical care. Previously insurance requirements were just a hassle with paper work. Then contracts became very costly with exploding administrative work taking an enormous amount of staff time. Now incentives from insurance companies have become immoral. I’m now a conscientious objector. Insurances give me a passing grade and financial incentives to withhold medical care and not individualize care. If a treatment works in 80% of patients, I’m forced to give the treatment to the other 20% of my patients and not individualize the treatment plan.
Patients are not best served by physicians making decisions with those incentives. No longer contracting with insurance companies allows me to individualize treatments and be creative in customizing medical care for each patient. I can return to being a professional and practicing medicine based on medical education. I no longer am a data collector following a check list to report to insurances for financial gain. Our clinic can now be patient centered form doctors who care.
Tom Prices Plan to Replace Obamacare: He has thrice proposed a comprehensive alternative
Either way, the notion that Republicans have no plan to replace Obamacare is news to Representative Tom Price (R., Ga.), who in June introduced a comprehensive alternative health-care plan for the third time since 2009. It was originally introduced as the Obamacare alternative from the conservative Republican Study Committee (RSC), which Price chaired at the time.
The 250-page legislation, known as the Empowering Patients First Act, has yet to receive a vote in the House, but currently has 32 co-sponsors, including Representatives Michele Bachmann (R., Minn.), Tim Huelskamp (R., Kans.), Jeb Hensarling (R., Texas), and Tom Cotton (R., Ark.).
The bill is a comprehensive alternative, notes Price, who has more than 20 years of experience as a practicing orthopedic surgeon. His policy proposals, which conservative experts have praised, will probably be familiar to those who have closely followed the ongoing health-care debate.